This Four Bean Chili is not only delicious, but so incredibly easy to make. What’s even better, is you can use it on a multitude of different recipes. 

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Normally each year during the super bowl, we have a big group of friends over and though I always say I won’t stress myself making a feast to feed everyone, old habits are hard to break. Who wants to be in the kitchen catering to everyone’s needs when there are so many awesome commercials to watch — oh yeah, of course there’s the football game, too! 🙂 It’s a bit bittersweet this year that we won’t be able to host anyone, but I want to keep to our traditions. Well, the non-stressful ones at least!

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This leads me to my incredibly easy and incredibly delicious Four Bean Chili recipe. Besides the fact that the adults will adore it, your kids will have a ball adorning their chili bowls with tons of accompaniments. But the best part about this recipe no doubt has to be the versatility of it. 

My husband is all about the Four Bean Chili Baked Potato. To make this, poke a few holes in the side of a russet potato and put it in the oven at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Once they’re done, slice the potatoes in half and serve the chili on top.

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You can also make Four Bean Chili Spaghetti simply by making a big old pot of spaghetti and adorning it with the chili before serving. So simple and the perfect weeknight dinner.

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Four Bean Chili Baked Fries have to be Chloe’s favorite. For these, I cut two russet potatoes into fries and air fried them for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. You can totally bake them in the oven too, it just might need a couple more minutes. 

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Last but certainly not least is this Four Bean Chili Mac & Cheese. For this one, cook the macaroni as directed. After you drain the pasta, place it back in the pot and mix with the chili and shredded cheddar cheese. Voila! 

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I would love to hear which variation is your favorite, or if you come up of any of your own! 

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Four Bean Chili

This Four Bean Chili is not only delicious, but so incredibly easy to make. What's even better, is you can use it on a multitude of different recipes. 
2.67 from 3 votes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 15 ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 28 ounce can chopped tomatoes with juice
  • 2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Instructions 

  • In a sauté pan over medium heat place 1 tbsp of oil and sauté onions for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and sauté another minute until the onions start to caramelize, then remove and place in a crock pot.
  • In the same sauté pan, add another tbsp of oil and sauté the ground beef for 5 minutes, breaking down the beef with a wooden spoon until it’s cooked through and most of its juice has evaporated.
  • Add the cooked beef and the remaining ingredients to the crock pot and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook the chili on low for 8 hours.
  • Top with desired accompaniments and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1470mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 8g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

    1. Yep! If you want to add an extra can of chopped tomatoes to add more body you can, but it will be super tasty either way! You could also use plant based meat if desired 🙂

  1. I do the same 🙂 I’m concerned about canned food and BPA so we use Pomi tomatoes and Whole Foods 365 or Pacifica brand organic beans in the boxes.

  2. I’ve been making this recipe for years now; it’s a huge hit in our family. Now I use plant-based ground instead of beef — still just as good. Thank you!

  3. Made this today for lunch for a group of men working on my house. They absolutely raved about it, as did my friend who took a quick taste. I simplified things a bit by browning the onion, garlic and ground beef together, then throwing everything else into the beef mixture in a large pot on the stove, bringing to a simmer, then letting it sit over a low heat until the guys were ready to eat. The spices were perfect! Thanks so much for a quick, “man-friendly” recipe.

  4. I’ve made this chili countless times! My family of four, with varying food preferences, always enjoys this chili; it’s the only one I make now! Thank you for sharing; I first found it in your book via my library and am thankful it’s available here too. Yum!!

  5. really nice article thank so much for sharing !!! i do really enjoy it
    . Are there any parents out there who slaves away at the stove for their family, only for it to be a complete waste?! They’d rather eat McDonald’s for dinner instead. I am so pissed.

  6. I just made this chili — slow cooker overnight, then fridged all day, and just served it for dinner. The house smells great, and I LOVED the chili. My 3-year-old and husband, however, HATED it. My son had 2 small scoops of it, but took a bite every 5 minutes, and kept complaining about the beans. Finally ate half and pushed it away. My husband only ate a tablespoon’s worth. I am so angry because I spent all the time and effort to make it, and it turned out really well. Are there any parents out there who slaves away at the stove for their family, only for it to be a complete waste?! They’d rather eat McDonald’s for dinner instead. I am so pissed.

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